More than 1,650 athletes will compete over 23 sports during the Florida International Senior Games & State Championships in Lee County, running Dec. 7-15.
A total of 362 Southwest Florida athletes will compete in 22 sports.
The 22nd annual Florida Senior Games State Championships returns to Lee County for 2013 and 2014 for the first time since being held here from 2006 to 2010.
Also returning is the Florida Blue Celebration of Athletesset for Saturday, Dec. 14 at Coconut Point Mall in Estero. More than 900 athletes and guests eare xpected to attend. Olympic Gold Medal-winning swimmer Rowdy Gaines, a native of Winter Haven, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the Celebration.
The celebration is an inter-generational, explosive event for athletes, their family and friends, and people of all ages. The Celebration of Athletes is free and will include vendors, entertainment, Athlete of the Year presentations and more.
The Florida International Senior Games & State Championships is an Olympic-style sports festival for athletes age 50 and over. For many of the 23 sports, athletes are required to qualify in their sport at one of Florida's 19 local Senior Games events held from January through November.
Athletes from 27 states, Canada and Puerto Rico, have registered including the Games' oldest competitor, 99-year old James Kales of Bonita Springs. Kales is registered to compete in bowling, tennis and track & field. There are 12 former Athletes of the Year competing.
Competing alongside Senior Games athletes will be 76 Sunshine State Games powerlifters, on Dec. 14 at the Bay Oaks Recreation Center in Fort Myers Beach. Athletes of all ages will be in competition Saturday and Senior Games athletes, age 50 and over, compete on Sunday, Dec. 15.
For a calendar of events, schedules and results, visit www.flasports.com.